Top Historic Sights in Marne, Italy

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San Bartolomeo Church

San Bartolomeo Church was built in the first half of 12th century; today only the apse of the original structure survives. The architectural structure of the building has a nave culminating in the apse that contains some frescoes whose age is difficult to determine. The church underwent some renovations and expansion in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The apse was restored between 1984 and 1988.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Marne, Italy

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.